About Stefan

Hello!

Are you looking for a competent, professional, English-speaking guide in Iceland? I've been guiding since 1988 and still love my job! Since 1988 I've worked for a number of South African and Icelandic tour companies, mostly as a driver-guide.

In 2009 I founded Reykjavik Bike Tours. The business is registered and licensed by the Iceland Tourist Board (Ferðamálastofa).

In 2013 I founded Reykjavik Segway Tours.

When I'm not guiding, I lecture part-time at the University of Iceland and the Iceland School of Tourism. I am a keen writer, and enjoy writing articles and practicing photography both on a freelance basis.

I always seek to exceed my guest's expectations.

PREVIOUS EMPLOYERS INCLUDE:

 

  • Kynnisferðir / Reykjavík Excursions - Reykjavík, Iceland (driver-guide 8 years)
  • Guðmundur Jónasson Travel - Reykjavík, Iceland (driver-guide 8 years)
  • Atlantik DMC - Reykjavík, Iceland (part-time guide since 1995)
  • University of Iceland (part-time lecturer since 2000)
  • Hólar University North Iceland (part-time lecturer 4 years)
  • Iceland Tourist Guide School (lecturer for 10 years, headmaster for 1 year)
  • Iceland School of Tourism (part-time lecturer since 2005)
  • Springbok Atlas Safari - South Africa (driver-guide 8 years)
  • Welcome Tours - South Africa (driver-guide)
  • Cape Rainbow Tours - South Africa (driver-guide 4 years)
  • Vífilfell - Coca Cola in Reykjavík, Iceland (sales, marketing and delivery part-time with school)
  • Elliheimilið Grund - Home for the elderly in Reykjavík, Iceland (part-time with school)
  • Bæjarútgerðin - Fishing and processing (part-time with school)
  • Valur Helgason - Plumbing (part-time with school)

AGENCIES (ONLY SOME OF THEM):

  • Butterfield and Robinson
  • National Geographic
  • Travelsphere
  • Explore Worldwide
  • Luxury Adventures
  • Discover The World
  • Kuoni
  • Saga Holidays
  • Kontiki-Reisen
  • Transun

LARGEST MOVEMENT:

  • 700 people (in charge of 15 other guides)

MOST MEMORABLE:

  • Searching for a solar eclipse in an aircraft above the clouds which otherwise would have blocked the view. We did see the solar eclipse!

EDUCATION:

  • MA in Public Administration - University of Iceland
  • MA in Journalism - University of Iceland.
  • MA dipl. ed in Adult Education - University of Education (now part of the University of Iceland)
  • MA dipl. ed in Teaching at High School - University of Iceland
  • MA in Leisure and Tourism Studies - Stenden University Leeuwarden, Netherlands
  • BA in Tourism and Transport - NHTV University of Applied Science in Breda, Netherlands
  • ND in International Tourism and Marketing - Cape Technikon in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Menntaskólinn í Hamrahlið (University entrance excemption)
  • Kelly Walsh High School (KWHS) in Casper Wyoming, United States.

CERTIFICATES FOR GUIDING:

  • General guide for Iceland. 1- year full-time professional training at the Iceland Tourist Guide School
  • Adventure and Incentive guide for Iceland. 1-term full-time professional training at the Iceland Tourist Guide School
  • Hiking guide for Iceland. 1-term full-time professional training at the Iceland Tourist Guide School

OTHER CERTIFICATES:

  • Professional drivers' licence - all categories
  • Professional captain's licence for boats not exceeding 30 tonnes
  • Professional teacher's licence to teach at high school level
  • Pilot training
  • Fork lifter certificate
  • Wine tasting certificate

ANY QUESTIONS? PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME!